Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren on LGBTQ Issues

2020 provides us the starkest choice in American history: to elect a pro-equality champion as president or to face four more years of a Trump-Pence administration that has attacked LGBTQ people at every opportunity. HRC sent our 2020 Presidential Questionnaire to all candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. Elizabeth Warren's responses are below. You can view more candidate questionnaire responses at hrc.org/election2020.


Question 1 from HRC

In a majority of states, no explicit laws protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) Americans from discrimination, like the federal laws that exist on race, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability. If elected, would you support and sign into law the Equality Act (HR 5/S788), which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in credit, education, employment, federally funded programs, housing, jury service, and public spaces?

Support ✓                         Oppose       

Comments from Warren on Question 1

Yes. I’m an original co-sponsor of the Equality Act, and I will fight to get it passed as president. But we can’t just wait for Congress to act. In my first 100 days as president, I will use every legal tool we have to make sure that LGBTQ+ people can live free from discrimination. We will restore and strengthen critical Obama-era non-discrimination protections that the Trump administration gutted. And I will end the filibuster so that we have a path to getting critical legislation like the Equality Act passed.

You can find my comprehensive plan for securing LGBTQ+ rights and equality here: https://elizabethwarren.com/plans/lgbtq-equality


Question 2 from HRC

The U.S. Constitution provides strong protections for individuals and organizations to exercise religion and to freely speak about beliefs. But some federal and state lawmakers are seeking to pass legislation, like the First Amendment Defense Act, that would create loopholes that could be used to deny equal treatment to LGBTQ people based on so-called "religious freedom" claims. Would you oppose efforts that allow individuals to use their religious beliefs as a justification to discriminate against LGBTQ people in the public sphere?

Yes ✓                              No               

Comments from Warren on Question 2

Yes. We must prevent the weaponization of religion to discriminate against or harm LGBTQ+ people. The freedom of worship is a core American value. But the Trump White House has weaponized the language of religion by giving federal agencies, government contractors, and grantees a license to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people, as long as they claim they discriminated for a religious reason. Religious liberty should not be used to shield bigotry. As president, I would fight to pass the Do No Harm Act to return the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to its original goal of protecting religious minorities and further clarify that this law can’t be used to harm LGBTQ+ people.

My administration will also make LGBTQ+ non-discrimination a condition of federal grants and require organizations that receive federal grants to have a clear non-discrimination policy prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ+ people they serve. And we will ensure that grantees, especially community-based organizations, have access to training and technical assistance so they can fully comply.


Question 3 from HRC

Do you believe the civil institution of marriage (with absolutely no requirements imposed on houses of worship) should be legally available to two committed adults of the same sex?

Support ✓                       Oppose           

Comments from Warren on Question 3

Yes. Marriage equality is the law of the land. I’ll also ensure that same-sex couples are treated equally under our tax code by passing my Refund Equality Act, which allows married same-sex couples to amend their federal tax returns and recoup money that they should not have had to pay had the federal government recognized their marriages.


Question 4 from HRC

New treatments have improved the quality of life for those living with HIV and new prevention strategies can help reduce the risk of contracting HIV, but these medications are often too expensive and too difficult to access for those who need them. Do you support increased funding for HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment and research?

Support ✓                       Oppose           

Comments from Warren on Question 4

Yes. We have made incredible strides and medical advancements toward ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but HIV/AIDS remains a public health crisis. A majority of those living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. today are LGBTQ+, are from communities of color, and are contending with multiple barriers that prevent them from getting the care they need. We must demand more for them and for their futures.

As president, I will ensure that all LGBTQ+ people receive safe, affirming care from all providers. That means covering all medically necessary care for LGBTQ+ patients under Medicare for All. Medicare for All will include long-term care coverage for everyone, including people living with HIV and AIDS, and my administration will facilitate the production of an affordable version of Truvada — reducing HIV infections and saving taxpayers billions of dollars each year.

I will also fight to increase funding for federal HIV/AIDS programs and research like the Ryan White Program, including the Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative, and HIV/AIDS treatment and cure research at the National Institutes of Health. While Medicare for All will significantly help people with HIV/AIDS obtain care, it is important to continue to fund these programs.

We must also decriminalize HIV transmission and put resources into combating the opioid epidemic, which has contributed to growing HIV transmission rates in communities where injection drug use is increasing. My colleague the late Representative Elijah Cummings and I introduced comprehensive legislation to end the opioid crisis and fight substance abuse.The CARE Act commits $100 billion over 10 years, including $2.7 billion to the hardest-hit communities and $1.1 billion for organizations working with underserved populations, such as those living with HIV.

This isn’t just a domestic issue. As president, I will push to expand the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which funds vital services for individuals living with HIV or AIDS overseas and is a pillar of global pandemic prevention. And I'll repeal the Trump administration's heartless Global Gag Rule, which makes organizations that conduct or refer patients for abortion ineligible for PEPFAR funds and harms patients at those clinics.


Question 5 from HRC

Even as we experience increased transgender visibility, the levels of violence and harassment transgender people face – particularly transgender women of color – constitute a national crisis. The federal government has a critical role to play in preventing and addressing violence, including: expanding access to critical safety net programs to address issues like homelessness and job placement; implementing and enforcing rules that prohibit discrimination against transgender people by federally funded service providers; ensuring medically necessary transition-related care under the Affordable Care Act; ensuring the safety of those in jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers and robust enforcement of the federal hate crimes law. If elected President, will you support legislation and advance regulations and policies that prohibit discrimination against transgender people and prioritize a comprehensive federal response to address anti-transgender violence?

Yes✓                                No                  

Comments from Warren on Question 5

Violence and harassment of transgender people -- and especially transgender women of color -- is a national crisis. It is time for a president to say their names and honor their memory by fighting every day for a country where trans women of color can thrive free from discrimination. My administration will use every legal tool we have to prohibit the intersecting forms of discrimination that transgender women of color face everywhere it occurs, including by issuing first-of-its-kind guidance on enforcing claims involving intersectional race and gender discrimination. I will also strengthen and enforce the HUD Equal Access Rule, reversing Ben Carson’s outrageous proposal to allow homeless shelters to discriminate against transgender women — so if a trans women of color survivor loses her home because of intimate-partner violence, she doesn’t face widespread discrimination from homeless shelters. And I will create a new grant program within the Office of Violence Against Women that will specifically channel resources into organizations by and for transgender people, especially people of color.

We also need a comprehensive, multi-dimensional response to prevent and address violence against the transgender community – particularly in the immigration and criminal justice systems. I will fight for trans migrants by affirming protections for gender identity and sexual orientation-based asylum claims and ensuring that LGBTQ+ asylum seekers are not unnecessarily detained. I will also direct the Bureau of Prisons to end the Trump administration’s dangerous policy of imprisoning transgender people in facilities based on their sex assigned at birth and ensure that all facilities meet the needs of transgender people, including by providing medically necessary care, like transition-related surgeries, while incarcerated.

Additionally, my administration will stop the criminalization of homelessness, which disproportionately impacts LGBTQ+ people of color, and I will build on President Obama’s legacy by requiring organizations that receive federal grants to have a clear non-discrimination policy prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ+ people they serve. And my administration will ensure that grantees, especially community-based organizations, have access to training and technical assistance so they can fully comply.

Finally, as president I will prosecute violence against trans people as hate crimes. I support the NO HATE Act, which would improve the reporting of hate crimes, provide support to law enforcement in helping identify hate crimes, and create hate crime hotlines. But prosecuting hate crimes alone will not be enough to end this crisis. Instead, we must work to prevent violence from occurring in the first place.


Question 6 from HRC

While all states currently allow LGBTQ people to adopt children, some legislators are pushing to allow government funded child welfare agencies to prohibit capable, committed adults from adopting and fostering because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Do you support policies that require government funded child welfare agencies to make decisions on adoption and foster care based on the best interest of the child, without bans based on sexual orientation or gender identity?

Support ✓                       Oppose            

Comments from Warren on Question 6

Everyone should be able to provide a safe and loving home for their children, and all children deserve such a home -- regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. That’s why my administration will ban discrimination against sexual orientation and gender identity in our adoption agencies and child welfare system. That means both ending discrimination against same-sex families who wish to foster or adopt and against LGBTQ+ youth in the foster system.


Question 7 from HRC

Bullying and harassment of LGBTQ students, as well as students perceived to be LGBTQ, is widespread. Would you support and sign into law the Safe Schools Improvement Act (H.R. 2653/S. 2548), which would require school districts receiving federal funding to adopt codes of conduct specifically prohibiting bullying and harassment, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and religion?

Support ✓                      Oppose           

Comments from Warren on Question 7

As president, I’ll fight to make sure every LGBTQ+ student has an equal opportunity to thrive. I will fight to enact the Safe Schools Improvement Act, and I will direct the Department of Education to reinstate guidance revoked under Trump about transgender students’ rights under Title IX. My administration will also make clear that federal civil rights law prohibits anti-LGBTQ+ rules like discriminatory dress codes, prohibiting students from writing or discussing LGBTQ+ topics in class, or punishing students for bringing same-sex partners to school events. I’ll push to increase the number of school-based mental health providers and ensure school staff are trained in culturally-competent and trauma-informed care, so all schools – including college and university campuses – have the resources they need to meet all of their students’ needs. I’ll also fight harsh zero tolerance policies which push LGBTQ+ youth of color and LGBTQ+ youth with disabilities into the school-to-prison pipeline. And I will affirm and enforce federal protections under Title IX for all students who are survivors of sexual harassment and assault.


Question 8 from HRC

LGBTQ people in many parts of the world face harassment, legal and societal discrimination, violence, and bigotry. Seventy countries criminalize same-sex sexual activity. In up to ten countries, same-sex sexual activity may be punishable by death. Transgender and gender non-conforming people often face laws that criminalize them and put them at greater risk of experiencing violence and poor health. Do you believe that LGBTQ rights are human rights and that U.S. national security is strengthened when we work with other governments, civil society, and international organizations to protect, support, and defend the human rights of LGBTQ people abroad?

Support ✓                      Oppose            

Comments from Warren on Question 8

LGBTQ+ rights are human rights. The Trump administration has undermined our nation’s leadership on global LGBTQ+ equality at every turn, but as president, I will embrace a multilateral approach to support LGBTQ+ rights. That means returning the U.S. to the United Nations Human Rights Council and recommitting to the Global Equality Fund to support LGBTQ+ movements in other countries. I will also put the full muscle of the State Department behind protecting human rights for LGBTQ+ people globally -- including by appointing a Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons and ensuring that the work of advancing LGBTQ+ rights is incorporated across regional bureaus. My new approach to trade will require any country that wishes to enter into a trade agreement with the United States to uphold internationally recognized human rights, including the rights of LGBTQ+ people.

I’ve also committed to raising the refugee cap, welcoming 125,000 refugees in my first year and at least 175,000 refugees per year by the end of my first term. And I will affirm protections for gender identity and sexual orientation-based asylum claims and ensure that LGBTQ+ asylum seekers are not unnecessarily detained.


Question 9 from HRC

If elected President, will you only put forth nominees for appointment to the Supreme Court that are committed to due process under the law and upholding the Equal Protection Clause for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity?

Support ✓                       Oppose            

Comments from Warren on Question 9

Yes. Right now, the Supreme Court threatens to give employers a free pass to discriminate against LGBTQ+ workers. I pledge to nominate judges who will uphold, rather than threaten, LGBTQ+ rights. And I am committed to increasing the racial, gender, and professional diversity of the federal judiciary.


Question 10 from HRC

If elected President, will you commit to making diverse appointments of qualified, openly LGBTQ individuals in key positions of your Administration, to include your Cabinet and the White House?

Support ✓                       Oppose            

Comments from Warren on Question 10

Yes, a Warren administration will ensure representation of LGBTQ+ people across all levels of government, including in leadership roles. I am also committed to building a Cabinet and senior leadership team that reflects the full diversity of America, including having at least 50% of Cabinet positions filled by women and non binary people. Building an America that reflects our values means elevating the voices of those who have traditionally been overlooked and underserved and making sure everyone has a seat at the table.


Question 11 from HRC

There are approximately 15,500 actively serving transgender members of the U.S. military, making the Department of Defense the largest employer of transgender people in America. The Trump Administration has arbitrarily adopted a policy that bans qualified transgender people from service and will result in transgender service members losing their jobs. If elected President, will you expeditiously rescind the Trump policy and adopt new regulations allowing open service by all, qualified transgender people?

Support ✓                       Oppose            

Comments from Warren on Question 11

Yes. Our national security community is weaker when LGBTQ+ Americans are excluded. I have opposed the Trump administration’s shameful ban on transgender service members from the start, and I will reverse it on day one. The only thing that should matter when it comes to allowing military personnel to serve is whether or not they can handle the job. That’s also true for service members with HIV. Advances in care and treatment have made it possible for individuals living with HIV to serve and deploy, and the Pentagon’s policies should be updated to reflect these advances in medical science.


Question 12 from HRC

President Obama issued a historic Executive Order prohibiting discrimination against transgender employees of the federal government and prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. If elected President, will you leave that order in place and instruct all Departments to robustly enforce nondiscrimination protections?

Support ✓                        Oppose            

Comments from Warren on Question 12

I will build on President Obama’s legacy by not only enforcing his executive order requiring federal contractors to have an LGBTQ+ employment non-discrimination policy, but by requiring organizations that receive federal grants to have a clear non-discrimination policy prohibiting discrimination against the LGBTQ+ people they serve. And my administration will ensure that grantees, especially community-based organizations, have access to training and technical assistance so they can fully comply.

I will also increase federal enforcement and investigations into anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination, so that these rights are part of LGBTQ+ people’s lived experience. My administration will make investigating complaints of anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination a priority from day one, and I will expand affirmative civil rights testing for anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination.

My administration will also appoint EEOC commissioners and NLRB members who support LGBTQ+ workers, issue regulations affirming LGBTQ+ people’s equal rights in employment, and make those rights enforceable by banning federal contractors from using forced arbitration and collective action waivers to bar LGBTQ+ workers from suing if they are discriminated against at work.


Question 13 from HRC

This questionnaire addresses most of the key federal issues impacting the LGBTQcommunity, but there are many others, including youth homelessness, the ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood, significant gaps in data collection, inability to access to medically-necessary health care, and critically important cultural competency training. If elected President, will you work to address the full range of LGBTQ concerns across the federal government?

Yes ✓                              No                    

Comments from Warren on Question 13

We need a president who will lift up the voices of every gay, lebsian, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, queer, Two-Spirit, and intersex person. My comprehensive plan to secure LGBTQ+ rights and equality will fight back against discrimination and make sure that no one feels unsafe because of who they are or who they love -- and that means coming at this from all angles.

As president, I will develop a comprehensive LGBTQ+ homelessness prevention program within the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness to give this problem the national attention it deserves. The program will research pathways into homelessness that disproportionately affect LGBTQ+ individuals, like family rejection, and work directly with LGBTQ+ youth of color and transgender youth experiencing homelessness to gather information on the particular barriers they face. I will also fight for programs that help LGBTQ+ youth once they become homeless, including reauthorizing and fully funding the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act and ensuring that it includes robust non-discrimination protections. And I will support programs that help people experiencing homelessness secure employment and educational opportunities that will prevent them from being pulled back into homelessness. We also need to repeal laws that criminalize homelessness. These laws disproportionately affect communities of color and LGBTQ+ people, who as a result become further entangled in the justice system. Instead, we need to do more to ensure that individuals experiencing homelessness are provided with the services they need to get back on their feet.

As president, I will fight to make sure that all LGBTQ+ people have access to the safe, affirming care they need. Medicare for All will include long-term care coverage for everyone, including people living with HIV and AIDS. That means covering all medically necessary care for LGBTQ+ patients under Medicare for All, and allowing providers discretion to deem gender-affirming procedures as medically necessary based on an individualized assessment. I will also ensure that intersex and transgender children have a say in their health care — especially when it comes to decisions that affect whether their bodies match their gender identity.

I helped lead the fight against the discriminatory blood donation ban for gay and bisexual men, and pushed the FDA to change its policies. While this change was an improvement, it does not go far enough. As president, I would lift this ban completely and make sure that any restrictions around blood donations are grounded in science and based on individual risk factors.

Across all of these issues, we need access to high-quality data. The Trump administration’s onslaught of regulatory rollbacks has been accompanied by a deliberate erasure of the LGBTQ+ community in government surveys and websites. As president, I will immediately begin working with our LGBTQ+ allies to restore information on LGBTQ+ issues to government websites. I will also reconvene the Obama-era Federal Interagency Working Group on Improving Measurement of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Federal Surveys to continue to develop best practices around collecting data and will ensure that these methods are used in surveys across the federal government, including the U.S. Census and American Community Survey.

I will also ensure that all recipients of federal grants have access to training and technical assistance so that they can fully comply with the clear non-discrimination policies that my administration will put in place.

You can read my full plan for securing LGBTQ+ rights and equality here: https://elizabethwarren.com/plans/LGBTQ


Question 14 from HRC

Please share policy positions not mentioned above that you have publicly taken on ballot measures, legislation or non-policy related matters that affect the LGBTQ community, including in legislatures, businesses, the legal realm or the media.

Comments from Warren on Question 14

I believe every person should be treated with dignity and respect and feel safe to be who they are. That’s why I co-sponsored the Equality Act in the Senate, and I believe Congress must pass this bill to explicitly ban discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals in employment, housing, and other areas. I introduced the Refund Equality Act to remove restrictions that prevent married same-sex couples from amending their federal tax returns and recouping money to which they are entitled. I’ve fought to extend anti-discrimination protections to cover sexual orientation and gender identity, including in employment and in the provision of credit. I helped lead the fight against the discriminatory ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual people and pushed the FDA to change its policies. I’ve fought for the meaningful inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in research funded by the National Institutes of Health. I co-sponsored legislation to eliminate the despicable practice of conversion therapy nationwide. And I’ve also partnered with groups battling to end bullying against young people – especially against LGBTQ+ students – and supported several bills to strengthen schools’ efforts against bullying.

I will also continue to fight for equality for our LGBTQ+ service members. I have opposed the Trump administration’s shameful ban on transgender service members from the start – and I’ll reverse it on the first day of my presidency. In addition, I’ll update the Pentagon’s policies to reflect the advances in care and treatment that have made it possible for individuals living with HIV to serve and deploy. I have supported efforts to review and correct the the military records of service members discharged solely due to their sexual orientation and will continue to prioritize this to ensure we reflect their honorable service and reinstate the benefits they earned. And I’ll include the LGBTQ+ population in the VA’s Center for Minority Veterans, ensuring that they receive targeted outreach and equal care and are treated with dignity and respect.

Finally, it’s long past time to end housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. My affordable housing plan will expand non-discrimination protections under the Fair Housing Act to prohibit housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, and the source of one’s income, like a housing voucher. Landlords shouldn’t be able to reject tenants based on what they look like, how they identify, or who they love.


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Question 15 from HRC

Do you support the Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4/S. 561), a bill that protects access to the polls for all Americans by addressing the modern day challenges of voting discrimination and restoring the full protections of the Voting Rights Act?

Support ✓                        Oppose             

Comments from Warren on Question 15

Yes. I will fight to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Native American Voting Rights Act to shut down a host of festering discriminatory practices.

My plan to strengthen our democracy also creates federal standards for federal elections to ensure everyone can vote, including by mandating automatic and same-day registration, early voting, and vote by mail. This will mean no more registration problems, no more voter purges, no more voting difficulties, and no more gerrymandering. States will be banned from removing voters from the election rolls unless the voter affirmatively requests to be removed or there is objective evidence of a legitimate reason to remove them, like death, change of address, or loss of eligibility to vote. We will also make Election Day a holiday, and all federal elections will have a minimum of 15 days of early voting, expanded voting hours, the option to vote with a sworn statement of identity instead of an ID, and convenient polling locations. States will be required to use independent redistricting commissions to draw federal congressional districts to prevent gerrymandering.

I’ve also proposed a federal-state partnership in which the federal government will pay the entirety of a state’s election administration costs, as long as the state meets those same federal standards in its state and local elections and works to make voting more convenient. And under my proposal, where racist or corrupt politicians refuse to follow the law, the federal government will temporarily take over the administration of their federal elections to guarantee the fundamental right to vote.You can find my full plan to protect voting rights and strengthen our democracy here: https://elizabethwarren.com/plans/strengthening-democracy


Question 16 from HRC

Do you support a woman’s right to make decisions about her own reproductive health, including a right to safe and accessible abortion?

Support ✓                        Oppose             

Comments from Warren on Question 16

Yes. My plan calls on Congress to pass new federal laws that protect access to reproductive care from right-wing ideologues in the states. Federal laws that ensure real access to birth control and abortion care for everyone and that will stand no matter what the Supreme Court does. That includes creating federal, statutory rights that parallel the constitutional right in Roe v. Wade, guaranteeing reproductive health coverage as part of all health coverage and ensuring equal access and reproductive justice by ending President Trump’s gag rules and fully supporting Title X family planning funding.

I’ve also co-sponsored the EACH Woman Act and made it part of my plan to protect reproductive care and abortion services. Everyone — no matter where they live, where they’re from, how much money they make, or the color of their skin — is entitled to the high-quality, evidence-based reproductive health care that is envisioned by Roe. Making that a reality starts with repealing the Hyde Amendment, which blocks abortion coverage under federally funded health care programs like Medicaid, the VA, and the Indian Health Service. Congress should also expand culturally- and linguistically-appropriate services and information and include immigrants in conversations about coverage and access. I will ensure that all future health coverage — including Medicare for All —  includes contraception and abortion coverage. And I will require preclearance for states and local governments with a history of unconstitutional practices: they will have to obtain federal approval before any laws or practices relating to reproductive rights are enforced.

These issues are bigger than Roe. The women of color who have championed the reproductive justice movement teach us that we must go beyond choice to ensure meaningful access for everyone in America — not just the privileged and wealthy few. We must go beyond abortion, to ensure access to contraception, STI prevention and care, comprehensive sex education, care for pregnant moms, safe home and work environments, adequate wages, and so much more. We must build a future that protects the right of everyone to have children, the right of everyone to not have children, and the right to bring children up in a safe and healthy environment.

You can read my full plan for congressional action to protect choice here: https://elizabethwarren.com/plans/action-to-protect-choice


Question 17 from HRC

Do you support immigration reform with a path to legal citizenship for law-abiding residents currently in the United States?

Support ✓                        Oppose             

Comments from Warren on Question 17

Yes. I have a plan to create a fair immigration system that preserves our security, grows our economy, and reflects our values. I’ll work with Congress to pass broad-reaching reform, but I’m also prepared to move forward with executive action if Congress refuses to act -- and there is a lot that a president can do to protect immigrants in our country, herself. To start, I will reinstate the DACA program and protections for our Dreamers and their families and expand the program to cover more young people by extending the cut-off date, eliminating the arbitrary application age requirement, and extending the “minor” designation to anyone who was brought to the U.S. under the age of 18. I’ll also reinstate Temporary Protected Status designations and Deferred Enforced Departure to protect individuals at risk in their home countries. But Dreamers and TPS and DED recipients have families and friends who are longtime members of our American family and need protection too. I’ll use my executive authority to extend the individual exercise of discretion to offer deferred action protections to hardworking immigrants who have contributed to our country for years and have built careers and families here. I’ve also said that I am open to a moratorium on deportations particularly as a way to push Congress to pass a legislative fix that provides a fair but achievable path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented individuals currently living and working in the Unites States.

As president, I will affirm protections for gender identity and sexual orientation-based asylum claims and ensure that LGBTQ+ asylum seekers are not unnecessarily detained. I’ve also committed to raising the refugee cap, welcoming 125,000 refugees in my first year and at least 175,000 refugees per year by the end of my first term.

Read my full plan to create a fair and welcoming immigration system here: https://elizabethwarren.com/plans/immigration


Question 18 from HRC

Do you support sensible gun safety measures including limiting access to assault-style rifles, expanding background checks, and limiting the ability for suspected terrorists and those with a history of domestic abuse to access guns?

Support ✓                       Oppose             

Comments from Warren on Question 18

Yes. My administration will set a goal to reduce gun deaths by 80% and take executive and legislative action to meet it. As president, I will restrict gun movement across borders and extend reporting requirements, background checks, and minimum age restrictions to cover the vast majority of gun sales. Those who break the law, like gun traffickers and gun dealers who repeatedly violate the rules, will face prosecution and license revocation. I believe we need a new federal assault weapons ban and a ban on high-capacity magazines. Criminals convicted of hate crimes and domestic abuse will also be restricted from owning a gun. And in my first 100 days, I’ll send Congress legislation to establish a federal licensing system, universal background checks, and other common sense reforms to reduce gun deaths in America.

You can read my full plan to protect our communities from gun violence here: https://elizabethwarren.com/plans/gun-violence.